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Dr Kariem to receive award

Well known public health expert Dr Saadiq Kariem will be awarded the 2014 Jakes Gerwel Award in Public Health for his role in restructuring health services since 1990. The award ceremony will be taking place on Friday 11 July at the School of Public Health at UWC. Dr Kariem has[…]

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AWS heads to Belhar

Following a largely successful second week in Woodlands, organisers of the popular VOC Ahlan Wa Sahlan (AWS) programme have called for even greater support from the community, when the programme descends upon the Masjid ul Nasriellah in Belhar. The programme will see community members from the area join the VOC[…]

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Help keep Gaza Safe

A Gaza-based doctor has made an urgent appeal for emergency supplies to assist the Gaza people, who are victims of a brutal siege by the Israeli military. Dr Alaa Abu-Shabaan, the founder of the Stay Safe Gaza project, said the aid is needed for the rebuilding of the damaged houses[…]

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SA civil society slams Israel

South Africa’s civil society is intensifying calls for the government to take a firm stand against Israel, in the wake of a deadly offensive against Gaza. On Thursday, trade federation Cosatu and several other pro-Palestinian organisations called for the South African government to recall the South African ambassador to Israel[…]

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Paarl searches for ‘Puna’

The community of Klapmuts in Paarl are calling on residents to assist in the search for a young man who went missing last week. 22 year old Abduraghiem Diedricks was last seen on Klapmuts train station after work on the 3rd of July. ‘Puna’ as he is affectionately known was[…]

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Quds hosts euthanasia seminar

Following on from last year’s ground breaking seminar on organ donations, Masjidul Quds in Gatesville will be hosting a seminar on the equally controversial issue of euthanasia. The event, which takes place this coming Sunday, will look at various aspects of the topic, including the legal, ethical, as well as[…]

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Tears at KC MAD giveaway

Pick ‘n Pay Kenilworth Centre was abuzz with shoppers and onlookers on Wednesday as the VOC OB team joined staff to surprise unsuspecting people with hampers and shopping vouchers. Wednesday was the second round of the Make A Difference campaign, a corporate social initiative, in which Pick ‘n Pay partners[…]

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Recall Israeli ambassador: ANCYL

The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in the Western Cape has called upon the South African government to recall the South African ambassador to Israel and to expel the Israeli ambassador from South Africa. The party has added its voice to growing outrage over the Israeli military’s offensive against Gaza, which[…]

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SANZAF hosts Zakah seminar

In a bid to educate the Muslim community around the importance and process surrounding Zakah, the South African National Zakah Fund (SANZAF) will be hosting a seminar at the Madinah Institute this coming weekend. The seminar will cover various aspects of Zakah, from the calculation, business aspect, and on the[…]

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Don’t lose hope: MJC

The Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) president Maulana Ighsaan Hendricks has made an impassioned appeal on South African Muslims to remain firm in their resolve in the Palestinian struggle. Hendricks was commenting on a deadly offensive by Israel, which has resulted in 160 airstrikes overnight, killing more than 45 Palestinians, and[…]

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